Rand Paul is showing every indication he will run for office in 2016. So, what should Americans think of the liberty-minded Senator from Kentucky?
Here are some Rand Paul quotes that will help you understand a bit more about the character of Rand Paul and may help guide you on your way to the ballot box in the 2016 Presidential elections:
Obama used drone strikes to kill suspected terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki, who was an American citizen, without a trial or warning.
While the government “claims” Anwar was a terrorist, we can only take their word for it as no proof to substantiate the claims has ever been presented in a public court of law.
To make matters worse, after ordering the drone strike that killed Anwar, Obama ordered a second drone strike to kill another American citizen without a trial, Anwar’s 16-year-old son.
It’s difficult to believe that a 16 year old American boy, living in another country, was such a threat to the United States that they couldn’t have arrested him and given him a trial instead of killing him.
Rand Paul understands that every American citizen is guaranteed due process under the law and has a right to a fair and speedy trial. Only when the government can prove that it has to act due to an imminent threat can the government act immediately and kill a citizen without a trial. In both of these murder cases the government made no attempt before or after the bombing to prove that there was indeed an imminent threat.
Terrorists are actually a lot like Pirates. Both are types of outlaws. Pirates usually focus on theft and terrorists usually focus on destruction. Interestingly, you can fight terrorists in the same way you can fight pirates, by placing a bounty on their capture. The newly formed United States government did just that when fighting the Barbary pirates.
Rand Paul understands that you don’t fight terrorists by violating the rights of Americans, but instead you motivate bounty hunters to locate dangerous individuals and to bring them in for a trial. By using bounty hunters you don’t need to use indiscriminate drone attacks that kill wedding goers and small children, because with bounty hunters you can put “boots on the ground” without ever having to send a single U.S. soldier into harms way.
Which is better? A nation of 320 million individuals who are free to enter into any business market they are passionate about? OR, a nation with a planned economy where government overlords tell individuals how they would best find happiness and what economic pursuits they can and cannot engage in?
Rand Paul understands that by protecting the individuals rights you free them to make the most of their lives and that a nation of self-motivated individuals is the most productive type of nation you can have.
Modern day Presidents like to pretend that they can bypass congress AND the constitution simply by passing an “executive order”. They seem to believe that it’s perfectly OK for them to do as they please without concern for the laws of the land or the rights of the people, just as Kings and Queens once did.
Rand Paul understands that the idea of a “benevolent overlord”, who will always do the right thing for the people, never has and never will exist. And this is why everyone, including the President of the United States of America, is beholden to law and to the procedures outlined in the U.S. Constitution.
During the Vietnam war John Kerry argued that the war was a mistake and that to continue it was to ask American soldiers to be the last men to die for that mistake. Today, John Kerry recently argued for war against Syria, a sovereign nation with an elected government that has no capability or intention of attacking the United States. Rand Paul and most of America agreed that a war with Syria would be a mistake, and Rand Paul reminded Senator Kerry how he was at one time opposed to U.S. soldiers dying for wars that are mistakes.
In response to the former dove’s transformation into a war-hawk Rand Paul stated, “I wish he remembered more of how awful war is.”
Rand Paul understands that war is a last resort and would never recklessly foist one onto the America people.
It’s the golden rule: do unto others as you would have them do to you.
Rand Paul understands that this includes things like sending a persons children to war. No one should send another persons child to war unless they are willing to do the same, and the American people shouldn’t accept a President who would.
Rand Paul understands that the U.S. Constitution is really an anti-tyranny manual, written by educated men who understood the destructive nature of government, and should be revered as such.
Think of a small business owner as an olympic athelete and regulations as hurdles in their path to the finish line.
A few regulations (hurdles) might be ok and could steer both businesses and consumers away from costly mistakes, but if you put too many hurdles in the path it becomes easy to see how they make it more and more difficult to cross the finish line. Regulations can mean fewer people attempt to start a business in the first place (or that they quit to soon), and so fewer ideas are brought to market, fewer businesses compete for labor (decreasing wages) and so on.
In short, well intended regulations can destroy a business environment and it’s economy.
Rand Paul understands that the United States is suffering from overregulation and he intends to clear a path for the American entreprenuer.
War is the health of the state.
During a time of war a government can extract far more in taxes from it’s people and it can violate far more of their rights as well.
Rand Paul understands that governments become dangerous to all persons during a war and that when the government claims your house is in a war-zone, you should be very worried indeed.
The U.S. debt is higher than that of any other nation in the world and may have the highest level of debt of any nation in history. Rand Paul understand that our national debt is a major issue, and not one to simply give lip service to, and that it needs to be reduced dramatically.
Sadly, the United States is a modern day nanny state, with regulations so numerous the average American breaks the laws a day without their own knowledge. A law should only be a law when it protects private property and civil liberties, beyond that, it’s all nanny state.
In addition to the Supreme Court, Thomas Jefferson said that the States also had the ability to interpret the constitutionality of Federal laws.
He said that a state could, through it’s legislature, pass laws that made unconstitutional Federal laws illegal in their state, effectively nullifying the law in question. As the Federal government has no law enforcement mechanism (and so no capability to enforce it’s laws within any given state), nullification has effectively been built into the relationship between the States and the Federal Government as yet another check and balance against government overreach and tyranny.
Thomas Jefferson said about nullification:
“Where powers are assumed which have not been delegated, a nullification of the act is the rightful remedy.”
While U.S. History has many examples of nullification (including being used to fight against slavery via nullification of the Fugitive Slave Act), you only need to consider the modern marijuana legalization movement to see that nullification of Federal law is alive and kicking today.
So, no, 9 old people in black robes do NOT have the final say on what is and what is not a constitutional Federal law.
If we do not own our bodies, we are not really free. If we do not own the things we create with our bodies, we are not really free either.
If a painter paints a painting, it is their painting to do with as they please. They can sell it to whomever they like, refuse to sell it to whomever they don’t like, they can burn it, give it away or hang it on their wall. The painting is their property because they own their body and their mind and therefore they own what they create with their body and mind as well.
Yet, somehow, all of this is lost once a person creates a business. Suddenly the business owner, who created their business like a painter would a painting, must operate their business according to government regulations and restrictions and they must serve customers they would rather not freely associate with. Gone is the idea that the business is a creation of the business owner and therefore it is their property.
The only effect this can have is to motivate fewer people to start their own business.
Is this really a good path for America to continue on?
Rand Paul understand we need to restore both our understanding of and our appreciation for property rights in America.
When governments are allowed to regulate businesses they inevitably micro-manage basic business decisions while forcing small business owners to adopt one size fits all “solutions”. But just as the world is not black or white in all things, “one size fits all” style government solutions aren’t always the best solutions to adopt. Many well intended government solutions dramatically raise costs while creating crippling inefficiencies.
Rand Paul understand that governments simply can’t know as much about the needs of a business as the actual business owners do.
During the 2008 financial crisis the banks took back all of the homes that went into foreclosure AND they received all the money for any loses on those homes. The homeowners received nothing and the American taxpayers received the bill. If this is what bailing out businesses that are “too big to fail” looks like, let them fail.
Rand Paul understands that bailouts is just crony capitalism by another name, and that corrupt corporate bailouts are not the American way or the way of a free people.
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